Gaza, LARAY - The acute shortage of some types of therapeutic milk in Gaza hospitals threatens infants with genetic defect of mental disability, Palestinian ministry of Health warned Monday.
The ministry said in a statement that lacking the therapeutic milk for infants infected with PKU threatens them of mental disabilities.
It noted that about 107 children infected with mental retardation and psychological disorders, including 22 children under one-year are threatened with mental disability due to the lack of the therapeutic milk of PKU.
Infants infected with PKU are diagnosed early after being born , they are banned of taking animal foods.
The ministry explained that the lack of milk causing complications to the sick children, beginning with gradually decrease in IQ until they reach the "mental disability".
It said that the therapeutic milk of PKU for the children under the age of one-year ,about 22 infants, is unavailable in its stores or hospitals completely.
It added that the available amount of therapeutic milk for children above the age of one year is just sufficient for three weeks.
Palestinian ministry of health in the Gaza strip faces continued shortage of many types of medicines and medical consumables due to the conditions of the ongoing Israeli siege since 2006 and the sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority for more than a year.